Thank you, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, for being an example of the good and the strong in this country.
Thank you for dismissing Trump as the little boy that he is.
Thank you for showing such dignity in such difficult circumstances.
Thank you for standing strong in the face of bigotry.
There's a scene at the end of the film Labyrinth (spoilers ahead!) - and yes, this is going somewhere - where Sarah faces down the Goblin King, Jareth.
Jareth, played by a blazingly hot David Bowie in some very, very, tight trousers, promises Sarah the world and his kingdom - if she'll just let him be her ruler.
The incantation is long-winded, and she struggles to remember the last line - the most important - until, with music crescendo-ing, she says, calmly:
"You have no power over me!"
- and with that epiphany, the spell is broken.
(Warning: some flashing images)
That's what Sadiq Khan has done.
Khan has said, calmly, "You have no power over me!"*
(See? I told you this was going somewhere!)
*Well, technically, he refused to 'rise to beastly comments' - but same diff.
Khan, London's first BAME (Black And Minority Ethnic,) mayor, a British Muslim of Pakistani parentage, is the face of everything Trump can't stand.
Khan symbolises tolerance. He symbolises the diversity of the modern West. And he symbolises the success of Muslim and BAME (or PoC) people within that.
Sadiq Khan symbolises a world where you don't have to be a white allocishet able-bodied male to succeed. And that terrifies Trump.
It terrifies Trump for the same reason that Angela Merkel and Barack Obama terrify Trump: they are a glimpse into a future where people like him aren't automatically on top.
A future where, to succeed, Trump would actually have to be competent, and probably a decent person, too.
And Trump is neither of those things.
So he views anyone who has actual skill and talent suspiciously - especially if they come from a different background to him (which is most people on this planet, tbh.)
Sadiq Khan does not fear Trump, and neither does he court his favour.
In Trump's self-centred world-view, that's damn near impossible.
Add to that Sadiq Khan's ethnicity, religion, heritage, and popularity, and you begin to see why Trump singles him out so much.
Just as Jareth fears Sarah's words, and pleads for her to stop, Trump fears Khan's calm replies.
Donald Trump is afraid of Sadiq Khan.
Because he has no power over him.
And yes, it's certainly easier for the Mayor of London to speak against Trump than it is for a lot of people who actually live in the US and don't have the protection of that level of office.
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